Photo Credit: Joan Miller. Sunday, October 27, 2019

November Connection

St. James Episcopal Church
120 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913

The Reverend John Satula
In this issue: Church Fair, Daylight Savings, All Saints' Day, Mission Trip, Joyful Generosity, Parish Picture Directory, Celebration of Life, Women on the Journey, Fellowship Group, Christian Ed, Hymns & Hops, ONT, & Giving Made Simple
Saturday, November 2nd 9am - 3pm

We will again this year be participating in the Village of Church Fairs. There are seven participating churches all within walking distance. Come join us on Saturday, November 2nd, from 9am to 3pm in our Parish Hall. 

We have a great Trinkets & Treasures Table, Bake Table, Craft Table, Raffle items and so much more. Join us for a light lunch with freshly baked cookies.
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 AM! Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before heading to bed on Saturday evening.
All Saints' Day Service 
Sunday, November 3rd
8am and 10am
A warm, heartfelt Thank You to our Stewardship Committee and our Vestry for their work the past month dedicated to our Stewardship Campaign - and to our joyful and generous givers. If you have not already done so, please bring your treasure pledge cards with you to the service on Sunday. Completed pledge cards will be collected by the ushers.
Mission Trip
Washington, DC
An Informational Meeting will be held in the Sanctuary on Sunday, November 3rd at 11:30 for those interested in participating in a mission trip to Washington, DC this Summer. Come hear about the opportunities that will await us on this trip. This is a parish trip, anyone interested or who may be interested is invited to come hear the presentation.
Parish Picture Directory
Monday, November 18th
2pm to 9pm

Be a part of our Parish Picture Directory and help us celebrate our church family! If you have not yet signed up, you can do so now, it's simple, use the link on our website, or click on this link:  

Everyone in your family is invited, including pets. The photo session is free.

Lifetouch will take your photo and will review a digital copy of it with you for inclusion in the directory, which they are putting together. You will receive a free 8x10 and a free directory. There are also many packages that you can choose from for a cost if you wish.  
If you are unable to sign-up on-line, please call the office. 
We will be serving light refreshments on this day. 
November Vestry Meeting

St. James' Vestry will meet on Wednesday, November 13th at 7pm, in Fr. John's office. Parish members are welcome to come to the meeting to observe.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Russell Poor on Sunday, November 10th at 2pm. Russell is the father of Edith Poor and grandfather of Samantha James and Ashley James.
Women on the Journey

 Julia Steer will host Women on the Journey on Saturday, November 23, 2019 (the fourth Saturday of November). Fellowship at 9:30; meeting at 10am.

Our meeting will focus on Advent 2019 as it  begins on Sunday, December 1  (and lasts  through Tuesday , December 24 ). We will gather to learn more about what Advent means in our Christian tradition and about the meaning of the colors and symbols we use.

We will make Advent Blessing Jars for you take home to collect daily blessings during Advent to share with your family on Christmas Day.

Peace, Love and Blessings to you all. 
Kimberly Potts, Linda Ballard and Janice Meinelt
Fellowship Group

 There's a new Fellowship Group at St. James in Amesbury! Come on out and join us. All are welcome. The first meeting was a success and all had a good time. Come help us chart the course of this new venture and if you know someone who may be interested, bring them!
The next meeting is Wednesday, November 6th, 2pm - 4pm in the Parish Hall.

Upcoming Events ( save the date ):

Sunday, November 10th, Crone Theatricals presents "OR CURRENT RESIDENT" at Players Ring Theatre in Portsmouth N.H. Show begins at 3:00pm.

Sunday, December 8th, Newburyport Choral Society is giving a concert at Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport. Concert starts at 2:30pm.

If you have questions, need to confirm meet-ups or want to know more about this group, please contact Karen O'Malley at or 603-560-6536 or Arthur Yarranton at or 978-918-3232.
Cherub Chapel

It's playful worship time for "the young and restless" and a chance for caregivers to mingle: simple and fun prayers, games, songs, snack, conversations and togetherness!

Little ones and caregivers: join us on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:15pm in our Parish Hall. Everyone is invited (no church registration needed); it's free!

Join us when your schedule allows, come play!
Questions? Contact Linda at
Read our latest Christian Education newsletter by clicking here!
Meet us in the Godly Play classroom!
Children ages 3-9 are invited to this
calm and welcoming space for a
special time of learning, wonder, and play.
Come at 9:45 each Sunday - friends welcome! We join the parish in time for Holy Eucharist.

Every Sunday in the "big Church" -
there are activities and a rocking chair for babies and children to use and enjoy, while absorbing the rhythms of the church service. Come to church, we love to worship with you!
For Youth, Grades 5-9:
  • Help at our FAIR! (November 2)
  • We're headed to the Middle School Retreat, Barbara C Harris Camp (November 15-17)
  • Nightwatch Crossroads at St John the Divine, NYC (spring 2020)
  • EYE20 (Episcopal Youth Event 2020), Washington, DC (July 6-10)
  • & more - at church, in our communities, and beyond. . . let's be the change!

AND - on first & third Fridays, 6:30-7:45pm, Youth classes: Weaving God's Promises !
So far, youth have reviewed the Ten Commandments (and written their own Ten Rules for Godly Living - see the photo! ^), and talked about giving, receiving, and welcoming (by example of Zacchaeus the tax collector). PLUS: our Cookie Walk, for Our Neighbors' Table, raised $102!!

Here are two great Diocesan offerings:
Middle School Retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Camp, November 15-17 .
This year's theme, chosen by the Diocesan Youth Council, is "Our World; Our Future..." Peers and leaders are encouraging retreatants to consider God's invitation to us all to join in the divine work of creating a better world.
Still need to register? Drop Linda a note , ASAP! Grades 5-9 are invited!

High schoolers - are you called to this mission? An organizational meeting for "Faith in Action" Las Fronteras Pilgrimage, August 2020 , is gathering in January. Connect with Linda to learn more and to sign up, or reach out to The Rev. H. Mark Smith (617-482-4826, ext. 215 or ).
P.S. A St Paul's high schooler just returned, would you like to hear from him about his experience? What do you think?

Youth: Count on us to help you with community service hours - plus support for whatever interests and concerns yo u! Email Linda - 24/7!
Sunday, November 3rd
7pm to 8pm
Flatbread Company

Pub style singing of songs of hope! Come one, come all for a community sing-a-long. It's all fun. This event is held at Flatbread in the Event Room. If you plan to eat prior, come early.
Our Neighbors' Table

We are collecting non-perishable food for the cooler months ahead for Our Neighbors' Table. Personal items are always needed also. Items may be left in the basket at the back of the church - they are brought to our altar for a blessing.
For your convenience, we offer electronic giving to make a one-time donation or to make recurring donations. It's easy - click the donate button below and donate through a credit card (via PayPal) or through your own PayPal account. You will be directed to the PayPal website to complete the donation, then back to the St. James' website. You also have the option of specifying whether your donation is a general donation, a specific donation, or a donation towards your annual pledge. THANK YOU for your generosity!
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St. James Episcopal Church
120 Main Street, P.O. Box 25
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-0030